Kobe Bryant Charged With Sexual Assault

EAGLE, Colo. - Kobe Bryant was charged Friday with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in a case bound to tarnish the career of one of the NBA’s brightest young superstars. Bryant denied the charge, fighting back tears at a news conference in Los Angeles and saying he was guilty only of adultery.

“I didn’t force her to do anything against her will. I’m innocent,” he said, sitting next to his wife, Vanessa. “I sit here in front of you guys furious at myself, disgusted at myself for making a mistake of adultery.”

The 24-year-old Los Angeles Lakers’ guard faces probation to life in prison if convicted of the single felony count, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.

Hurlbert said Bryant forced the victim into “submission” through physical force but refused to disclose other details.

The woman worked the front desk at the exclusive spa where Bryant was staying while in the state for knee surgery. Hurlbert said she would not be made available for comment.

© 2003 The Associated Press

ORIGIN: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13462-2003Jul18.html


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